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As we look at this week, I think it’s time we ask our Presidential Candidates “HOW CAN WE FIX OUR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES?”

From our local legislators to the tip of the top of Congress. our government is letting us down. How is it possible that we have so many crimes being committed by people who have mental health issues and we just let it be as just another thing?

We all know and it’s not a big secret that our government does not know how to spend our money. It seems to me that our government is not funding our mental facilities the way they are supposed too. It seems like these facilities are just sending people home with the promise that they will take their medication and ask them to seek help in the private sector. As we can see this isn’t really working right!!!


Gunman had mental health problems, bitter family disputes.

John Russell Houser, 59, was one of about two dozen people who bought a ticket to an evening showing of “Trainwreck” at a multi­plex in Lafayette, officials said. About 20 minutes into the movie, he stood up and began firing a semiautomatic handgun “methodically,” authorities said, killing two and injuring nine before turning the gun on himself.

Living in the South Bronx we get to see our share of people living with some kind of mental illness. People who walk the streets talking to themselves and screaming from the top of their lungs. Some might even want to get physical; the cops come and they call Ems. A few days later you see this person walking the street like nothing ever happened. I call this a walking time bomb.

Amy Schumer Joins Her Cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer To Call For Stronger Gun Laws, Mental Health Funding

I am a strong believer of our second amendment but the question is How can someone who has some kind of mental illness legally buy a  gun? Also living in the South Bronx my next question is Why is ok for zoning laws in the inner cities to license  3 liquor stores within a 5 block radius and 1 of them on the same block of a church? Funny thing is that there is always a check cashing place also right next to the liquor stores. I feel our local legislators are letting us down by allowing this to happened. Knowing that in the South Bronx there is a high crime rate and lets not forget our share of mental illness issues walking the streets.

Mental illness has become our taboo of our century. Something that people do not want to talk about but I believe it’s time to bring it out of the closet and speak on the reality that people should not be ashamed to talk about it.  This is something that affects every single one of us. What kind of Country are we becoming when we can’t even let our kids go to a movie theater. When you have Congress blaming the insurance company and the insurance company blaming Congress and we are stuck in the middle. How many more people have to die for our government to realized that there is a huge problem? 




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An open question to all Presidential Candidates, CAN YOU HELP US IN OUR COMMUNITY?

Last week this group called Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) left a bunch of these flyers in our building lobby and of course I had to write about this. We are losing our kids to gun violence here in the South Bronx. I don’t know anything about this group but I think I want to look more into this organization.  

Being the parent of a 15-year-old and 12-year-old girls I worry day in and day out about their safety. We love our neighborhood  and we have a lot of pride in our community. It’s good to see that other people feel the same way.


Police: 14-year-old shot, injured in Morrisania

Police say a 14-year-old boy was shot Friday afternoon in Morrisania.The shooting occurred at around 1 p.m. in the middle of the 900­-block of Simpson Street. Police say the male suspect pulled out a gun, shot the teen in the left arm and ran off.

I can’t seem to understand why do we keep doing this to one another in our own neighborhoods. I am not one to rant and rave about conspiracy theories but this is like we are our own terrorist and the government is just letting us kill ourselves. Like this was a part of a Population Reduction plan.

I hear people say they want the police officers to respect them but yet we can’t even respect each other. People fight for just looking at someone. Grandparents, mothers, fathers cursing in front of children like if that’s ok. Maybe it’s because my parents taught me manners or maybe because I don’t think that it is proper for anyone to curse in front of children.

At times my girls ask if they could go down and ride their bikes and to be honest I feel like my heart is on my throat like if I can’t breathe. I know tragedies, bullets and mistakes do not discriminate I am a true believer that  All Lives Matter. Do not get fooled by the media or any interest groups, All Lives Matter. Before you complain about getting respect, and inequality, and racism you must look at your self, first look at your neighbor, and look at your surroundings, are you part of the problem or are you part of the solution.

People in my community have a tendency to demand respect but have no regards for the people around them. Smoking weed, drinking Henny, or smoking in front of kids is not cool. Fighting cause you feel someone looked at you the wrong way is not an excuse. Do not become a statistic Do not fall into the Population Reduction Plan. Lets stop killing one another and lets start respecting each other.  At the end of the day the only casualties of this war is our kids. Let them grow up. Give them a real future. Give them a chance.